George Saunders’ Pastoralia: Bookmarked , by Charles Holdefer – New York: Ig Publishing  (ISBN-13: 978-1632460639; $14.95 paperback; £10.89 ; €13.11) George Saunders’ 2000 short story collection, Pastoralia, is an exaggerated and darkly humorous satire on American life at the turn of the twenty-first century, merging the spirit of James Thurber with the world of the Simpsons. In his entry in Ig’s acclaimed Bookmarked series, award-winning author Charles Holdefer addresses how this collection, and the writing of Saunders, influenced his journey as an author.Read More →

The American Short Story Cycle spans two centuries to tell the history of a genre that includes both major and marginal authors, from Washington Irving through William Faulkner to Jhumpa Lahiri. The short story cycle rose and proliferated because its form compellingly renders the uncertainties that emerge from the twin pillars of modern America culture: individualism and pluralism. Short story cycles reflect how individuals adapt to change, whether it is the railroad coming to the small town in Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919) or social media revolutionizing language in Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). Combining new formalism in literary criticism withRead More →

Short Fiction in Theory & Practice 6.2 includes articles on plot, on auto ethnography and writing short fiction by practitioners David Jauss, Alex Plasatis and Michael Stewart.  There are also critical articles on Maeve Brennan, Angela Carter and Alice Munro, an interview with Kirsty Gunn, book reviews and more.Read More →

Congratulations to Jessie Greengrass, winner of the 10th anniversary Edge Hill Prize for her collection, An Account of The Decline of the Great Auk According to One Who Saw It.  She will be reading alongside Kirsty Gunn and Kevin Barry at the launch of the Edge Hill Prize anthology, Head Land edited by Rodge Glass at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 27th.Read More →

TABLE OF CONTENTS  Michelle Ryan-Sautour and Gérald Préher Foreword Bertrand Cardin Introduction PART ONE: TRACES OF ORAL TRADITION: VOICES, DIALOGUES AND CONVERSATIONS Marie Mianowski Skipping and Gasping, Sighing and Hoping in Colum McCann’s “Aisling”: The Making of a Poet Catherine Conan Narration as Conversation: Patterns of Community-making in Colm Tóibín’s The Empty Family Eoghan Smith “Elemental and Plain”: Story-Telling in Claire Keegan’s Walk the Blue FieldsRead More →

Indo-British Anthology of New Fiction: Call for Submissions Radical fiction or ‘New Fiction’ (NF) is a challenger that is here to break tradition. The passé is no longer acceptable in the Anthology, a book of new writing in English that aims to promote new modes of thinking, seeing and expression. NF is all about innovation in writing, fiction written in a new way, challenging our preconceptions. It is ‘dangerous’ stuff composed by mobile, imaginative minds across a fast-shrinking globe. We are looking for short stories in all their manifestations, preferably composed in English, from Indian or British writers. The editors want bold, angry pieces ofRead More →

The latest volume of the peer-reviewed journal includes a selection of articles on narration in the short story from the conference ‘The Singer, Not the Song’ , including articles on Annie Proulx, Primo Levi, Can Xue and Scottish crime writers, plus more on Janette Turner Hospital and a practice-based essay by Graham Mort.  More on http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals../view-issue,id=2544/Read More →

58 | Spring 2012 Linda Collinge-Germain: Foreword Virginia Ricard: Introduction – See more at: http://jsse.revues.org/index1099.html#sthash.RkXJN40A.dpuf ORDERING INFORMATION The issue can be ordered by contacting catherine.dupuy@univ-angers.fr at the Presses Universitaires d’Angers. It will be online on revues.org in June 2014.Read More →

Following the conference co-organized between the University of Angers and Edge Hill University on The Figure of the Author in the Short Story in English April 2011, a special double issue of Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (co-edited with the Journal of the Short Story in English) is out now. http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=196/Read More →